Ohio Mother Sentenced to Prison for Neglect Leading to 4-Year-Old Daughter’s Death

Tamara Banks, a 41-year-old mother from Clermont County, Ohio, has been sentenced to nine to 13 and a half years in prison for the death of her 4-year-old daughter, Karmity Hoeb. Banks pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in March after her daughter died from diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication of untreated diabetes.

Prosecutors claimed that Banks and Karmity’s father, 53-year-old Christopher Hoeb, mostly fed their daughter a baby bottle filled with baby formula and Mountain Dew soda. The couple’s neglect led to the girl’s teeth rotting out, and she had almost none left at the time of her death.

Karmity suffered from a “serious medical issue” days before her death, but her parents failed to seek medical help. Prosecutors said the girl suffered from neglect, child abuse, denied proper nutrition, lacked medical care and there was no evidence of dental care in her short life.

“This is one of the most tragic cases I have ever encountered,” Clermont County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Clay Tharp told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This child did not have to die.”

Christopher Hoeb also pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is set to be sentenced in June. Karmity, nicknamed “Boogie,” was remembered in her obituary as a joyful and loving child who “touched everyone that ever laid eyes on her or spent any time with her.”